The Middle East

The PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas Searches for Legitimacy

As expected, the head of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) announced his resignation from the PLO leadership, in the expectation that the Palestinian parliament, the Palestinian National Council (PNC), will renew his leadership mandate. The PNC will reconvene in […]  Read More »

Is There a Hamas Truce in the Works?

Despite Israel’s sweeping denial of any talks with Hamas about a truce in return for the lifting of the blockade on Gaza, the Palestinian political establishment is taking the reports very seriously and ignoring the Israeli denial. Meanwhile, Hamas’ difficulties […]  Read More »

The Nuclear Deal: No Pause in Iran’s Vow to Destroy Israel

Ayatollah Khomeini’s founding vision of the eradication of Zionism still guides Iran’s religious, political and military establishment.   Read More »

Turkey Attacks the Kurds and the Islamic State

Turkey’s attacks in Syria and Iraq appear directed at the Kurds more than the Islamic State fighters.  Read More »

Iran’s Supreme Leader Challenges U.S. Policy in the Middle East

Khamenei: Stopping the Struggle against the United States Contravenes the Koran; Iranian Policy in the Middle East Is the Complete Opposite of U.S. Policy.  Read More »

Condemnation and Condolence by the UN Secretary General — Genuine or Politically Biased?

In the strong condemnation by the UN Secretary General dated July 31, 2015, issued hours after the tragic event, in a statement attributable to his spokesman, his expression of condolences to the family and his call for the perpetrators to be brought to justice were clearly pertinent and justified.  Read More »

Iran: Challenging Our Missile Program Means Crossing a Red Line

Iran’s defense minister: Our missile capability is our own and we won’t accept anyone’s interference.  Read More »

Saudi Arabia and Israel Are in the Same Predicament

Saudi Arabia’s fear after the Iran deal  Read More »

Egypt Accuses Turkey of Subversion

Egypt claims to have captured Turkish intelligence officers.  Read More »

Egypt Fights a Terror Onslaught

Egypt’s army was ill-suited to counter Islamic State’s attacks.  Read More »

The Qatari Connection to Terror Incidents in Egypt

Is Qatar-Egypt tension over Muslim Brotherhood dangerously escalating?   Read More »

Terror Escalation in Egypt

Egypt battles ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood – to the death.  Read More »

The Palestinian Leadership’s Regression in the Peace Process

Palestinian official presents his uncompromising plans.  Read More »

U.S. Administration Highlights Iran’s Involvement in Terror

U.S. Government documents Iran’s international terrorism.  Read More »

When the Muslim Leadership Chooses to Be Silent about Insults to Islam

When is blasphemy politically acceptable to Muslim leaders?  Read More »